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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin UK (Jan. 1 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140061185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140061185
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #666,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Penelope Lively is the author of many prize-winning novels and short-story collections for both adults and children. She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize: once in 1977 for her first novel, The Road to Lichfield, and again in 1984 for According to Mark. She later won the 1987 Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon Tiger. Her other books include Going Back; Judgement Day; Next to Nature, Art; Perfect Happiness; Passing On; City of the Mind; Cleopatra's Sister; Heat Wave; Beyond the Blue Mountains, a collection of short stories; Oleander, Jacaranda, a memoir of her childhood days in Egypt; Spiderweb; her autobiographical work, A House Unlocked; The Photograph; Making It Up; Consequences; Family Album, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Novel Award, and How It All Began. She is a popular writer for children and has won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award. She was appointed CBE in the 2001 New Year's Honours List, and DBE in 2012. Penelope Lively lives in London.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Find this book! Dec 7 2000
By K. Schwarting - Published on
Format: Paperback
I can't believe that this book is out of print! Lively is one of the best British writers still working today. YOu have to admire her gift for writing things simply--but writing them simply better than anyone else.
This book is ostensibly about a religious painting in a small town in England, but what it really is is a reflection of the people who live there, the changes in their lives, and their own faith. Claire Paling, an agnostic, is the heroine who comes to understand not only the meaning of the painting, but the importance of faith in the lives of the people around her.
You will not be able to put this book down, it's so well-written. Fortunately, it's a quick read.
I found the depiction of the the Rector George Radwell a bit sad. No one takes George seriously Aug. 6 2015
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As a clergyman myself, I found the depiction of the the Rector George Radwell a bit sad. No one takes George seriously, he is rather tentative and unsure of himself. Clare Paling is the opposite, she is intelligent, urbane and agnostic. Clare also loves Church architecture, history and language - she cannot believe that the church has given up the King James version for the Good News Bible - and she has time on her hands so she joins the organising committee for the church's pageant. Clare also believes that the world is a "cruel and terrible place but explicably and bewilderingly beautiful." When Clare has a serious car accident in which she and her children are not injured, George launches in, "I don't see how you people explain that kind of thing. A deliverance of that kind." To which Clare responds, 'If the hand of God twitched my car out of the way of that lorry yesterday, then it also threw an aeroplane on top of six other people including a three year old child and a pregnant woman. If there is someone around who does things like that, then I want no part of whoever or whatever he, she or it may be.' Well it is an argument we have all heard before and probably don't wish to enter into. There is however wonderful moments of honesty in this novel, such as when George responds, "The sort of people I know, just ordinary people who come to church...," and Clare acknowledges, "The trouble with people like me..." out of which arises a shared truthfulness and intimacy between these two very different people. This novel is also about how people have got to be how they are and what might change them. Well worth reading..
a children's writer who can write for adults May 3 2015
By Mr. D. P. Jay - Published on
Format: Paperback
She is a popular writer of children's fiction and I was interested to see what her adult fiction was like. An agnostic, educated woman moves into a village and gets interested in local history - this gets her into involvement with the local church's anniversary and with the preparation of an historical pageant. It deals with her relationship with the single vicar, who lusts after her and who has lost his faith (though if he still had faith he could lust after her just the same?) and with various families in the small community. Vandals wreck the church the day before the 'event' is due to begin and various relationships come to a crisis point. A skilfully written novel which dovetails in the many sub-plots brilliantly and is also easy to read.
beautifully depicted characters Dec 12 2014
By Elsa le chevalier - Published on
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very well written , beautifully depicted characters. an excellent read
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
great writing May 4 2013
By bermo - Published on
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I felt I "was there" . wonderful picture of time and place. contrast of charccters and how people face adversity. Both sad and uplifting

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